On Thursday, Oct. 27, Dr. Jeffrey Bennett will visit BYU-Idaho to speak on global warming. Admission is free and is not limited to students with a science major. The speech is for anyone who wants to understand global warming and how it can be fixed.
“I want to show that solutions to the problem are ones that may not be easy, but are achievable,” Bennett said. “Despite all the gloom and doom you usually hear associated with global warming, if we go about this the right way we can actually come out of it better in almost every way you can imagine.”
Bennett obtained his B.A. in Biophysics from the University of California at San Diego and afterward got an M.S. and Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, according to jeffreybennett.com. Bennett’s area of specialty is in math and science education. He enjoys writing and traveling to speak to audiences. Bennett has received many awards including the American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award.
“I have been teaching about global warming for more than 30 years now,” Bennett said. “I’ve had the opportunity over the years to see what people do and do not understand about the issue. I thought it was a good time to go out and try to clarify some of the misconceptions that are out there in the media and explain why the issue is actually not very difficult to understand.”
Bennett is the author of many best-selling books, from college textbooks to children’s stories. Bennett worked with NASA for two years in their Education Division and with a team on the Hubble Space Telescope, according to jeffreybennett.com. Bennett has been recognized for his help in the science education system in different cultures. Bennett is also known for creating the educational scale models of the solar system.
Bennett enjoys visiting different schools to read his books in person. He has visited over 100 different elementary schools. Through Bennett’s “Max Goes to Schools” donation program, he has donated over 24,000 copies of his books to schools all around the world in 60 different countries, according to jeffreybennett.com.